Produce 101 Season 2 hasn't even started yet, and there are already scandals.
Han Jong Yeon has been publically accused by a male classmate of forcing him to perform sexual acts upon himself in front of others :(
This is a UNCONFIRMED rumor. We have only heard one side of the story with not a whole lot of evidence. If it is true this is horrific, but I don't want anyone to jump to conclusions.
First off, here's his intro video for Produce 101:
Now here's what happened after this was posted:
A former classmate of Jong Yeon's came out on Facebook to share his bullying experience. Thsi is really rare for people accusing idols or future idols: usually the accuser stays anonymous. For this boy, Kangto, to come out publically is a big deal.
Here's a photo of Kangto (far right) and Jong Yeon together:
When Jong Yeon was announced to be on Produce 101 Season2, Kangto posted this public post on Facebook (translation below)
“I heard you’re appearing on TV. I still wake up crying whenever you appear in my dreams. I still want to die whenever I hear your name or see your face. I worry that once I upload this, you and your friends will harm me and my acquaintances. But come to think of it, I am no longer a young, fearful child who used to have no friends. Produce 101…I hope you rank high. I’ll pull you back to the ground. All the times in elementary school when you made me masturbate in front of the other kids, when you made me get into fights with other kids calling it Pokemon, when you shoved me into the broom closet not letting me eat lunch, etc., I still can’t forget about them. But do you even remember me? It’s not only one or two kids who were victimized by you. Because of you, I went back and forth between life and death all throughout elementary and middle school. I’ll give back all the scars that you had given me. Oh, and if anyone has something to say related to this, please Facebook message me. I will take legal action against any threats.”
He then posted screenshots of text messages from Jong Yeon's little brother (translated version below)
There haven't been any more people to come forward, though keep in mind, boys that were bullied aren't likely to come out publically - they could be seen as weak for not just "taking it like men" or whatever ridiculous standard we set for boys :(
All we've seen is this convo with an old classmate of Kangto:
I don't know what to think, but if this is confirmed I hope people won't say "oh he's ~changed~" as easily as they did with NCT's Taeyong. This level of bullying is much more than just calling someone names :/